Trying to build excitement - any excitement at all - about is soon to be official presidential bid, Scott Walker launched the above video*. Unable to tout his record on job creation, a healthy business environment, lower taxes or much of anything else, Walker decided to make shit up, like how he "stood his ground" and was "unintimidated" by his own constituents and the workers of Wisconsin. Walker also bragged about winning the recall election (look for this to be a common theme from him).
Of course, by standing his ground, he means scurrying around in the tunnels below the state Capitol, like the rat he is:
My brother-in-blog, Jeff Simpson, also recalled something else about the recalls - how Walker got a lot of help from the dark money group Coalition for American Values, which spent $400,000 in ads to help Walker win.
Jeff's post made me recall another thing about the recall. It was Walker's illegal politicking during the recalls that put him the middle of another John Doe investigation, one in which prosecutors said that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme":
Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and '12, according to documents unsealed Thursday.I reckon that Walker is telling us to recall that the only way he can win is by cheating, as if that was something we'd forget.
In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.
The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall elections, according to the prosecutors' filings.
The documents include an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections.
"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011.
*Gotta love the CGI snowflakes at the beginning of the video. I think he picked that up from Faux News.